Supreme Court for special courts to deal with criminal cases against politicians

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"We want to know how effectively that mandamus has been implemented", said the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Navin Sinha while hearing a PIL seeking lifetime ban on convicted law makers from contesting election.

The Election Commission joined the apex court's mission by supporting a petitioner's suggestion to impose lifetime ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections.

The bench said that the states will be involved after the Centre submits its scheme and the financial outlay for the courts.

The next date of hearing has been fixed as December 13, by the Supreme Court. Atmaram Nadkarni told the court that the recommendations of both the EC and the Law Commission of India in this regard were pending with the Centre.

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to frame a scheme to set up Special Courts to deal with cases pertaining to criminal legislators.

The ratio then was 34 percent of the total, as compared to 30 percent in the previous Lok Sabha, and 24 percent in the one before that, according to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) - a private organisation that works for electoral and political reform and comes up with relevant facts and figures gleaned from reliable sources and disclosures before every election.

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The court also asked the Union government about the 1,581 cases involving Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) as declared by the politicians at the time of filing their nominations for the 2014 elections.

Many other politicians of various parties also undergoing trial in cases like A Raja and Kanimozhi of the DMK (2G scam) and Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi (CWG scam). You are the ECI and here is a citizen of India who has come here to seek life-time debarment of convicted persons.

She also favoured special courts to fast track pending criminal cases.

The SC also observed that the average number of cases each court in the country was dealing with now was over 4,000 in subordinate judiciary, adding that unless a judicial official deals exclusively with cases involving politicians, it would be hard to complete these trials within a year.

The existing rule under Representation of Peoples Act only disqualifies politicians sentenced to a jail term of two years or more from contesting elections for six years from the date of release from prison. "You say you have no opposition to fast track courts".

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